As Muppet Domination approaches with the Nov. 23 release of “The Muppets,” fans are learning more and more about one of the movie’s stars: Walter, a new character being released just for the movie. While the return of the old gang is long overdue, Walter may just turnout to be the movie’s breakout star.
In a Nov. 15 talk with E! Online, Amy Adams, who plays Mary in the film, said that her 19-month old daughter Aviana is a fan.
“She hasn’t seen the movie yet, but she’s met the Muppets,” Adams smiled. “She’s obsessed with Walter.”
She laughed about a possible love connection, “Well, you know, they are about the same size.”
Anyone who’s seen the opening dance number with Jason Segel and Walter or Walter’s appearance on the green carpet for the movie premiere will agree that he’s pretty cute. But his role in the film is important.
In the movie, it is Walter, the obsessed Muppets fan who just happens to be a Muppet, who is the heart behind the plan to get the old gang back together, starting with Kermit, to save the Muppet Theater from the evil plans of Tex Richman (Chris Cooper).
See Walter talk a bit about “The Muppets” or see some photos of Walter at work in the movie.
At “The Muppets” world premiere held this weekend, Jason Segel, who not only plays Gary in the movie but co-wrote the screenplay, described Walter’s role beyond the plot:
“Walter is the eyes and ears of the audience. He’s who we are. He’s a crazy Muppet fan who just wants the Muppets to be as famous as they were when we grew up with them. He’s a really important character, and I think he’s going to be one of the favorites for a long time to come.”
Casting a Muppet in such a role was a delicate process. Nicholas Stoller, Segel’s co-writer, has nothing but praise for Walter at the premiere:
“Yeah, we had a bunch of different Muppets come in and read for [the movie]. Walter just has an innocence about him. He’s really green, no pun intended. He really just nailed it in the room. I think we can all agree he’s a really good actor.”
That innocence comes forth when Walter himself speaks. When he talks about getting the role in “The Muppets movie,” Walter is more than modest:
“It’s a classic Hollywood story. I was swimming laps at the Beverly Hills Hilton and a talent scout came up and said, ‘You’re just right for this part.’ Apparently they had a tough time finding an actor who is 18 inches tall to play the part of Walter. And, as luck would have it, [Walter] happens to be my name. Isn’t that nice?”
And Walter is indeed, just like his counterpart in the movie, is a true Muppets fan.
“How much of a fan am I? Okay, look. I’ve been waiting for Disney to release Seasons Four and Five of ‘The Muppet Show.’ I’ve got One, Two and Three. I need Seasons Four and Five. Are you listening, Disney? Seasons Four and Five.
“I have every Palisades Muppet figure. I’ve got all the limited editions, except I do not have the Dr. Teeth repaint tuxedo version. I need that one, please. Send it to Walter, care of the Muppets.
“And I also have an original print of ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,’ hosted by Kermit the Frog. The original one that aired on the Hallmark Channel.”
From the sounds of it, Walter is a true fan. And from what he and others say, Walter be gaining a lot of fans himself after the release of “The Muppets.”
What do you think? What Muppets characters are you looking most forward to seeing?
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